2. [syn: background, desktop, screen background]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the top of a desk
2: (computer science) the area of the screen in graphical user
interfaces against which icons and windows appear [syn:
background, desktop, screen background]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
1. In a WIMP graphical user interface,
the visual representation of a real desktop (the top surface
of a piece of furniture) with documents, folders and a rubbish
bin arranged on it. The user manipulates files on the
computer by using a mouse to click and drag their
representations (icons) on the desktop.
The WIMP interface and desktop metaphor was invented at Xerox
PARC and popularised by the Apple Macintosh.
2. desktop computer.